Head transplantation Can it be done?

Etolhi, Sadeem Jamal (2018-05-05)

A head transplant is an experimental surgical operation involving the grafting of one organism's head onto the body of another; in many experiments the recipient's head was not removed but in others it has been. Experimentation in animals began in the early 1900s. As of 2018, no durable success had been achieved


Since the turn of the last century, the prospect of head transplantation has captured the imagination of scientists and the general public.The possibility of a human head transplant poses unprecedented philosophical and neuroethical questions. Principal among them are the personal identity of the resultant individual, her metaphysical and social status: Who will she be and how should the “new” person be treated - morally, legally and socially - given that she incorporates characteristics of two distinct, previously unrelated individuals, and possess both old and new physical, psychological, and social experiences that would not have been available without the transplant? This report will be discussing the history of the technical hurdles that need to be overcome, and determine if it is even possible to perform such a procedure on humans today.

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